Jags should model offense around Fournette’s strengths

The new Jacksonville running back's usage in 2016 with LSU doesn't match what the Jaguars did most often in the NFL.

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Jags should model offense around Fournette’s strengths

  • After selecting former LSU running back Leonard Fournette fourth overall in the 2017 draft, it would make sense for the Jacksonville Jaguars to play to his strengths, and what he is familiar with.
  • In 2016, the Jaguars didn’t run the ball once in 21 personnel (two running backs, one tight end, two receivers), but that was the personnel grouping where Fournette saw nearly 40 percent of his carries this past year at LSU.
  • Considering that, it’s no coincidence the Jaguars spent their seventh-round pick on Miami (FL) fullback Marquez Williams, who finished ninth among draft-eligible fullbacks with a PFF run-blocking grade of 74.1 in 2016.
  • Between 21 and 22 personnel (two backs and two tight ends), Fournette had nearly 60 percent of his 2016 carries come with another back on the field with him. The Jaguars as a team had just 2.3 percent of their rushing attempts occur in that scenario.
  • The Jaguars in 2016 ran over 60 percent of their run plays in 11 personnel (one back, one tight end, three receivers) compared to just 20 percent of Fournette’s LSU carries coming within that formation.
  • While the Jaguars are unlikely to completely overhaul their preferences for Fournette, the addition of Williams is a sign that two-back sets should be more commonplace in 2017.

Leonard Fournette

  • Andre Taylor

    The addition of RB Leonard Fournette will have a massive affect on the Jaguar’s offense, first teams will no longer be able to drop 6 and 7 defenders in coverage because they didn’t respect the Jaguar’s run game. Fournette’s arrival will also push T.J. Yeldon to a back-up role of which he is better suited, also allowing RB Chris Ivory to be the 3rd down, change of pace back. Taking advantage of his solid receiving skills, while also allowing all 3 to stay fresh. VOP Tom Coughlin is all about a power run game, which will take pressure off of QB Blake Bortles. Bringing balance to the offense, and allowing Bortles to reach his full potential.